De Quervain's Tenosynovitis Surgical Release

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Take any medication that your surgeon prescribed. Follow the directions carefully.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not take aspirin unless directed by your surgeon. Aspirin increases the chances of bleeding.

  • For the first few days after your surgery, keep your arm above your heart as much as possible. This can help prevent swelling.

  • Do not get the incision wet for several days (or as directed by your surgeon).

  • Follow your surgeon's directions for changing the dressing over the incision.

  • Wear the splint as directed by your surgeon.

  • You may be given simple exercises to do once the splint can be removed during the day. These will keep the wrist from getting stiff and keep it from swelling. The exercises also will help bring back normal movement. When you can move the wrist and thumb normally, you will start doing exercises to make them stronger. You might do these on your own or you might work with a physical or occupational therapist.

  • You may need more treatment to help the wrist heal. This could include:

  • Massage.

  • Stimulation of the nerves with electrical waves.

  • Do not rush to use your hand before allowed by your surgeon. Using your wrist and thumb before they are healed can cause a delay in recovery.


  • Your incision area becomes red, swollen, or feels warm to the touch.

  • You have blood or pus coming from the incision.

  • Your incision smells bad. This could mean it is infected.

  • Your pain in your wrist or hand increases or it does not get better with pain medicine.


You have a fever.